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Showing obituaries submitted in last 6 months by graduates in the 1970s
William Hugh Baber III '68, J.D. '71, a retired attorney, pilot and family man, passed away on Monday, October 24th at age 69. Bill was born and raised in Willows, California graduating Willows High School in 1964. At Willows High, he played baseball (catcher), basketball and football, where he was a proud "Willows Honker." As a teenager, Bill spent many weekends playing golf at the Glenn Golf and Country Club. Growing up in Willows, Bill loved to spend time with his father and grandfather on their nearby ranches. His father, William H. Baber, Jr., was a well respected sheep rancher and past president of the California Wool Growers Association. Bill was very proud of his father's military service in defending our country as a lead Bombardier in WWII. Bill's grandfather, Hugh Baber, managed the Llano Seco Rancho in Butte County and was inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City in 1971. "Hugh Baber Lane" at the Llano Seco was named in his honor. Bill's mother, Suzanne La Force Baber, was a shining star in his life. A classical pianist from Midland, Texas, Sue started the Junior League in Willows and played the piano and organ at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She was much beloved by her husband and two sons, Bill and his brother, Clark. Bill was also very close with his family in Texas. Watson La Force, his maternal grandfather, was a renowned businessman in the independent oil and gas industry. His efforts for the community of Midland's flying transportation work resulted in the current development and operation of the Midland International Terminal. Watson too had a street named after him, "La Force Blvd." When Bill was growing up, his grandfather and grandmother would take him for rides in their twin engine Cessna. Bill always attributed his love of flying to his grandfather. In 1968, Bill graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Political Science. He went on to attain a law degree from Santa Clara Law School in 1971 following his clerkship in a large law firm in Midland, Texas. In college and law school, Bill had a very special group of friends. There were always many fun stories and a lot of laughs following their fly fishing, hunting and golfing adventures. Following passing the State Bar on December 7, 1971, Bill practiced law with the Minasian Law Firm in Oroville, California for 32 years. His practice included water rights, civil litigation and business law. As a young litigator, Bill brought a case, "Royal Globe," before the California Supreme Court and won. In 1974, Bill moved to Chico and started his family. He loved to take his family skiing: Squaw Valley, Snow Mass, Aspen and Vail were some of his favorite ski resorts. Bill's children started skiing at age three. Because of his very adventurous spirit, Bill encouraged his family to ski the black diamond slopes, ski the powder through the trees and helicopter ski. Bill was an avid pilot and loved to fly for both business and pleasure. He received his private pilot's license in 1979, the year his son, Scott, was born. Flying his family to the Nut Tree for breakfast and taking the train to the restaurant was one of Bill's favorite flying trips. Physical activities and sports with family and friends were always a passion for Bill. He really enjoyed duck and pheasant hunting with his son and Uncle Jack in Colusa as well as fly fishing with his family in Deer Creek and Alaska. Golf, snow skiing, water skiing, tennis and jogging through Bidwell Park were some of Bill's favorite pastimes. Most every Sunday, Bill attended St. John's Episcopal Church with Father Richard Yale. He felt blessed to be part of a loving, positive church community. Bill's zest for life and contagious laugh will always be remembered. He was very grateful to spend special time with his children and grandchildren. Bill is survived by his two children, Kelly Kristine Nelson and Scott Baber; his four grandchildren; his Uncle Jack Baber; his nephew Mike Baber, and his niece, Melissa Baber; his aunt and uncle, Watson and Patti La Force and four cousins, including Jack "Jon" Baber M.B.A. '86.
Kevin McCarver ’73 died at home on February 2, 2017. A native of Bakersfield, Kevin was the sound technician with the all-SCU students’ band, “Oliver Sudden,” which got its start performing on campus. In the summer of 1971, the band traveled together to Europe to perform. While there, Kevin worked harvest —picking grapes in Bordeaux, France. That turned out to be his introduction into the wine world, something which became his life-long passion. Upon his return, he was hired by Intel, a job which brought him to Portland, Oregon, where, as a completely different type of technician, he helped open up Intel’s first Oregon factory. After working there 11 years, Kevin enrolled at Fresno State to study winemaking. Upon returning to Oregon, he was hired as the oenologist at the McMenamin's Edgefield Winery in Troutdale, starting when its doors were opened in 1990, and working there 22 years. In their words, “Kevin worked tirelessly in the lab and cellar, steering the wines from harvest to bottle with a jovial, mischievous style all his own.” Kevin loved travel, music, and photography, and the outdoors. He was an avid vegetable gardener, and a talented bread baker. Those who loved him described him as compassionate, enthusiastic, and always the last to leave a party. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Betty “JoJo” O'Connor ’69; they enjoyed to the utmost the years they had together.
John Hopkins M.S. ’74 passed away in December 2016. An ardent friend of Santa Clara University, he served on the Board of Fellows, on the Department of Civil Engineering’s Advisory Board, and on the School of Engineering’s Alumni Board, and was a perennial judge at the School’s annual Senior Design Conference. Following military service in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Central America, he enjoyed an illustrious career in public works leadership positions for the Cities of Sunnyvale and Belmont, California. Over the years, John continued to contribute to his profession as a consultant, author, and engineering instructor at De Anza College. He served his field and community as president of numerous professional and service organizations and received awards for his service from the School of Engineering, Department of Homeland Security, and American Public Works Association. Steve Chiesa ’75 remembers, “John had a contagious, positive attitude that made working with him very enjoyable. He was always willing to share his personal and professional experiences and help those around him.” Reynaud Serrette said, "He was not just a leader, he was an inspirational, supportive leader," and Sukhmander Singh said, “John was a truly warm and a humble person. A very caring and ever-ready personality—to help the department and the students. We lost a great friend and will miss him.”
Virginia “Dinna” Moody MBA ’76 was born in Detroit, Michigan to John Henry and Gertrude Amos, both teachers. She was the middle of three children and is survived by her younger brother Tom Amos B.S. ’65, MBA ’67. Her elder sister Betty passed away in 2016. Dinna spent her early childhood in the Michigan cities of Detroit, Frankfort, and Jackson. Her happiest Michigan memories were spending summers with her family and cousins at Crystal Lake at the five vacation cabins that her grandfather built.
In 1947, the Amos family took their first road trip to California after her dad had attended a conference in Los Angeles. They squeezed into their car, along with their dog BoBo and cat Mowie, for a long road trip to California. In 1948, they took their second road trip to California because they loved it so much. Dinna's family was adventurous and loved to travel, something she carried with her into adulthood and always enjoyed.
In 1950, the family initially moved to Cupertino, California but later settled permanently in San Jose. Dinna attended St. Mary's School of San Jose and later graduated from Notre Dame High School (1956). She pursued higher education and graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University (B.A. 1960) in Belmont, Stanford University (M.A. 1963) in Palo Alto, and Santa Clara University (M.B.A. 1976).
Dinna's early employment included teaching High School at Notre Dame in San Jose. She followed this with work for the USO coordinating recreational programs for enlisted personnel and their families. She was stationed in Berlin, Germany and Seoul, Korea from 1966—1971. While stationed in Germany she met an attractive Lieutenant Colonel named Gordon Moody. They became engaged but decided to separate. Later, she worked for the YWCA in Yakima, Washington and Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. While working in Oakland, she received a phone call from a visiting Gordon Moody. They confided to each other that they had never stopped loving each other and resumed their courtship.
In 1980, Dinna and Gordon married at Santa Clara Mission. They immediately relocated to Seattle, Washington. Dinna initially worked for the Seattle Health Consortium. Later, she worked and retired from Boeing Commercial Aerospace as an internal auditor. Gordon and Dinna did not have children of their own but were actively involved in spoiling their nieces and nephews. Gordon and Dinna had a guest room and enjoyed being host and tour guide for out of town friends and family. She and Gordon especially loved the wonderful local restaurants. When Dinna joined Gordon as a retiree, she filled her days volunteering at the local animal shelter and the local senior center.
In 2005, Gordon passed away. Dinna decided to relocate to San Jose, California to be closer to family. She bought the house directly across the street from two nieces and near her sister and brother-in-law. Dinna shared her unconditional love and wisdom with her family. She enjoyed reading, cooking, flower arranging, decorating, entertaining, making crafts, going on religious retreats, watching movies, attending theater, and attending seminars at Santa Clara University. Dinna was a world traveler and storyteller. She thoughtfully shared her interesting experiences and view of the world. She was a great listener and was always interested in our lives as well as meeting new people. She was dedicated to good health and worked out with her friends at the Central YMCA and by walking her beloved dogs Murphy and Bisbee.
Dinna was instrumental in providing loving care for her sister with dementia. As her sister's dementia became disabling, Dinna took on a matriarchal role in her family by organizing and hosting family holiday dinners and Easter egg hunts. She always remembered birthdays and special occasions. Like their mom, she always made her family feel special.
Dinna loved being Catholic. She fully embraced her faith and was actively involved as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at the Santa Clara Mission. She especially enjoyed making weekly pastoral support visits to women incarcerated at the Santa Clara County Jail through the Diocese of San Jose Restorative Justice Program. She was also an active member of the Catala Club of Santa Clara University.
Dinna was tragically taken from us when she was hit by a motorist while walking her dog. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed. Dinna was truly a special person who made this world a better place. She will be greatly missed by her brother Tom (Merilee Amos '69), brother-in-law Al, nephews Mark, Steven (Alison) and David (Michele), nieces Catherine (Brian) and Elizabeth (Keith), great nieces Anna (Zeb), Emily, Jenny, and Sarah, and great nephews Daniel and Mateo, along with her late husband's niece Elizabeth and nephew Noel.
John Padilla ’77, J.D. ’80 passed away December 26, 2016. He was an Ignatian recipient, a Family Law practitioner in Santa Clara County for 36 years and an award-winning attorney. He is survived by his wife of 32 years Adoralida (Lopez) Padilla ’86 and their son, Jonathan.